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“Diversity in Italian Studies -Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, Disability Studies, Class”, a symposium organized by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.


New York, 17-18 January 2019.


This meeting is conceived as a first encounter on a theme that is most pertinent yet very much under discussed within our community of Italian Studies.
Suggested themes for further discussion include but are not limited to the following:
* Treatment of students of diversity in graduate programs.
* The job market and diversity candidates: broadening composition of search groups, actively encouraging minorities to apply.
* Inclusion of faculty of diversity in Italian programs.
* From high school to undergraduate to graduate programs (including the AP program).
*  Italian Culture in the L2 classroom – what are we teaching and why?
* Imaginative and pro-active outreach to students and faculty of diversity.
* Modalities of diversity reflected in undergraduate and graduate curricula.
* Targeted scholarships for diversity students (e.g., Asian-American, Asian, African, African-American, LGBTQI students to travel to Italy).
* The presence of micro-aggressions toward students and faculty of diversity in Italian studies.
* The situation of non-native professors of Italian within the profession: near-native fluency vs. native fluency.
* The situation of Italian-American professors of Italian within the profession.
* The LGBTQI community and Italian studies: the dynamics of language change with regard to acceptable terminology and new practices of pronoun use.
*  How can and/or what is the North American academy influence on that of Italy?
* What is the role of the American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS) and the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)?
* What is the role of Italian-American institutions such as the Columbus Citizens Foundation, the National Italian American Association (NIAF), the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy (OSIA), and UNICO, to name a few?
* What is the role of Italian diplomatic institutions?
* How should the field look in ten years?


Please send an abstract by November 1 to the following email ( and place “Diversity in Italian Studies” in the subject line. The number of participants will be limited to a one and one-half day schedule (30 approx.) to be followed by a publication of working papers. Presentations should be between 10-12 minutes in order to allow ample time for discussion for each session. You will then be asked to submit a “working paper” of no more than 20 pages doubled spaced (notes and bibliography included).

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